August 14, 2011

Style Feature: The Handkerchief

Today I want to cover what I consider to be a quintessential year-round accessory, but one that is particularly useful in the summer.

While handkerchiefs may make you hearken back to the heydey of your grandfather, they can actually be quite stylish and modern. What leaves a better impression than offering your date a nice clean handkerchief after discovering she’s allergic to the flowers you brought? Far beyond impressing your date, the handkerchief is a practical accessory with a myriad of functions. I always carry one with me and find it especially useful on a hot summer day to wipe my brow.

Top row L to R: Vintage inherited from in-laws; Vintage inherited from in-laws;
Nautica; Kmart (originally white, dyed by me).
Bottom row L to R: Burberry; Brooks Brother; Vintage from flea market;
Vintage inherited from in-laws; Thomas Pink.

Don’t think that you are limited to just a boring white cloth though. Handkerchiefs can be a great complement to your outfit, much like a pocket square. They come in a variety of colors, patterns, and weights and can be found everywhere from upscale department stores to your local flea market. Some of the nicest handkerchiefs I own are vintage items ($1-$5 a piece) found at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Carry one in the inside pocket of your suit jacket or leave a corner peaking from the back pocket of your jeans.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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